- The Washington Times - Monday, July 27, 2015

A Missouri sheriff is defending his decision to add “In God We Trust” decals to department-owned vehicles, after receiving criticism from those who argue it symbolizes state-sanctioned religion.

“I am proud to announce that all of the Stone County Sheriff’s Office Patrol vehicles now have ‘In God we trust’ on the back,” the Stone County Sheriff’s Office posted on Facebook. “This became our National Motto in 1956 and is on all of our currency. There has been no better time than now to proudly display our National Motto!”

Three photos were also posted to the sheriff’s office Facebook page showing the stickers placed on department vehicles.

In face of criticism, the sheriff’s department insisted the decals were donated and not paid for with taxpayer dollars.

“A lot of negativity is coming from people outside the state,” said Sheriff Doug Rader, adding that the motto “It is part of our heritage, it’s patriotic.”

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